Sunday, February 03, 2008

Conspiracies and Nuclear Struggle

A third undersea cable break means that Iran is currently out for the count, cut off like Luke Skywalker's light-saber-wielding hand. If you're following this, then you'll recall that Iran is currently both partying, and deploying a new Oil Marketplace.

Now, I'm not a conspiracy nut, but 3 cables being cut in less than a week? C'mon. Conflicting reports over how it happened? C'mon. Politics is everywhere. Politics Owns You. The Victorians built their politics on cables.

On the pro-paranoia horn-tooting front, it's good to see that my own theories about the attraction of nuclear power are backed up by national press. Namely, that nuclear energy is not a warfare threat, but a commodity, and therefore an economic threat. In short, creating nuclear fuel is a centralised process (as opposed to, say, wind or solar energy), which means it can be controlled more easily and, from there, sold more easily. Wars on nuclear powers are more akin to copy-protected music than to fighting the Bad Guys.

To tie all this together then, we have a) a falling, flailing dollar as the US's self-sufficiency comes to a rapid (but foretold) end, and b) a new marketplace opportunity, a re-discovery of an energy paradigm. The two are completely related, so chuck out those notions of coincidence. There is, in other words, a power gap.

Unfortunately, my sense of history is poor. I couldn't say whether the last Great War* was caused by a similar power gap, or whether it created one. Either way, political nature abhors a power vacuum, and so we stand on the edge of a New Struggle*. "A New Hope", if you're looking for a "positive" spin to put on it... The search for the new "fuelgold standard" is beginning. (Which fits nicely into other thoughts from this week, but I'll come back to them some time later.)

Whether a few scissor snips just delays the inevitable, or actively cancels it somehow, will be a matter of interest. (If I wanted Iran out of the way, I'd have made sure that "submarine" hit that cable quite a few times. Reversing and going over it again should work.)

* I hate talking about the world in terms of war, especially "great" ones. But to understand the way the People In Charge think, this is the rhetoric we need to use. Depressing, isn't it?

Addendum: See also Mike Whitney's article over at Global Research.

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